Silver LEED status awarded to NHS hospital

Supplied Photo - St. Catharines hospital was awarded  LEED Silver status.

Supplied Photo – St. Catharines hospital was awarded LEED Silver status.


A white roof to reduce heat island effect, water-efficient landscaping, and extensive use of natural light, among others, helped Niagara Health System’s St. Catharines hospital meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified status with the Canada Green Building Council.
In a release, the health system said the 980,805-square-foot complex, which opened at First St. and Fourth Ave. in March 2013, was awarded the LEED Silver standard after earning more than 30 credits in the green building rating system.
“LEED Silver rating is a great achievement and it demonstrates our commitment to not just providing care to our patients, but also caring for the environment and reducing our impact as much as possible,” said Amir Gill, the health system’s Regional Director of Capital Planning, Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
“By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff and the wider community. This also helps reduce the hospital’s operating costs, which benefits the entire healthcare system,” he said in the release.
In partnership with project sponsor Plenary Group, design-builder PCL Constructors Canada Inc., architects B+H Architects/Silver Thomas Hanley, facilities maintenance provider Johnson Controls and consulting engineer Halsall, the St. Catharines hospital development team targeted specific credits for the project to achieve LEED Certified status.
“At PCL, we’re proud to think holistically about building for a sustainable world with an integrated approach that engages our partners, our people, our projects, our communities and our business practices,” said Chris Gower, executive vice-president at PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto).

Highlights of the St. Catharines hospital include:
• High-performance building exterior, including a white roof that reduces heat island effect, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter;
• Optimized energy performance, including efficient lighting design and the extensive use of natural light throughout the building;
• A reduction of water use by more than 20 per cent through the use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures;
• Water-efficient landscaping (potable water use for irrigation has been reduced by more than 50% through the use of high-efficiency irrigation technology and drought tolerant plants);
• 20 per cent of construction materials contain recycled content.


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